Course Title: Aircraft Airworthiness

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aircraft Airworthiness

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face



City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Nick Bardell

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 8066

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge: This course assumes that you have some knowledge of, and interest in, the contemporary aviation industry.

Course Description


This course introduces you to the different aspects of initial and continuing airworthiness management frameworks, both in the operational and technical field. You will examine different legislation, guidelines and technical manuals relating to airworthiness as commonly used in both civil organisations (ICAO, EASA, FAA, CASA, etc.) and defence (US Defence Forces, UK MAA, EDA MAWA Forum, ADF AA, etc).

You will learn how to apply technical airworthiness management frameworks and how to implement airworthiness assurance functions in:

  • Aircraft design approval and control.
  • Aircraft and component manufacturing and certification.
  • Aircraft modifications.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:


1. Needs, context and systems:
• Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs, establish priorities and the goals, constraints and uncertainties of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.), using systems thinking, while recognising ethical implications of professional practice.

2. Problem-solving and design:
• Apply problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to develop components, systems and/ or processes to meet specified requirements, including innovative approaches to synthesise alternative solutions, concepts and procedures.

3. Abstraction and modelling:
• Apply abstraction, mathematics and discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation, using appropriate computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices, ensuring model applicability, accuracy and limitations.


4. Coordination and communication

• Communicate and coordinate proficiently by listening, speaking, reading and writing English for professional practice, working as an effective member or leader of diverse teams


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Analyse the emerging and contemporary problems in airworthiness management.
  2. Conduct research and identify the requirements for the development and variation of regulatory requirements within the initial and continuing airworthiness fields.
  3. Describe the technical and non-technical issues associated with the safe implementation of airworthiness requirements within the civil and military aviation industries.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning process is facilitated by face-to-face lectures together with directed reading, investigative research, and assignments. Problem-based learning is reinforced by using case studies.

Overview of Learning Resources


All lecture Powerpoint slides, supporting documents, and model answers of exercises in the lectures are available from the RMIT Learning Management System.  Multimedia files related to the topics will also be uploaded to the respective weekly folders. There is no set text for this course.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task:  Quiz 1
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports: CLOs 1 & 3; PLOs 1 & 2.

Assessment Task 2:  Assignment 1 (individual short essay)
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3; PLOs 1, 3, 4 & 5.

Assessment Task 3:  Quiz 2
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports: CLOs 1 & 3; PLOs 1 & 2.

Assessment Task 4: University Exam
Weighting 40% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, & 3; PLOs 1, 2 & 3.